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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Rev. Elder Maxwell Jide," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 19:12:59 -0300


I Just received a call from Dr. John Wilson, the Director of DHL Express Delivery Company in Benin Republic, that your valued fund of $5.800,000.00 Million US Dollars has been finally credited into ATM Card, So you are to reconfirm your full delivery information below for the delivery to take place immediately to your doorstep.

1. Your Full Name_____
2. Your Address______
3. Your Phone Number____
4. Your Age/Sex______
5. Your Country_____
6. Your Occupation_____

Contact the DHL at the following information below:
Contact Person: Dr. John Wilson
DHL Delivery Section
Tell: +22968719431.
DHL Express courier company Benin Republic.
Your registration code is (GL-1416) Use it as your subject when contacting them, Thanks and have a nice day.

Rev. Elder Maxwell Jide,
Foreign Payment Adviser
Republic of Benin

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